Knitting Fairy

I’ve been working on a present for my mom for two months and I’m on the last leg but it’s not done. The end doesn’t appear to be in site and I’m knitting every spare moment that I have so that I can get this project done. I need a knitting fairy to come in the middle of the night, pick up my needles and finish the piece. FINISH IT FAIRY!!!

The project is really simple because it’s just a stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch, pretty quick huh? No. It’s mind numbing and has no pizzazz.  The piece looks great but the actual work doesn’t make me want to get to it except that it’s a gift for my mom.

I will post the actual piece once it’s been delivered so you all can share the agony and joy of the work that caused me to lose my mind.

And a preview of whats to come on our happy little blog home: YARN and how to use it to drive your husband bonkers.

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Naughty Reindeer Washcloth

This is a fun one! I adapted it from this chart. I’m giving you plenty of time to make tons of these for the holidays and give them out as gifts. But choose your recipient wisely! Not everyone will appreciate the naughty humor.

I’m using Lion Cotton (worsted weight) in Poppy Red. You can use any color worsted weight cotton yarn you want.

Gauge is not that important (it’s a washcloth for crying out loud!), but if you must know: 4.5 sts per inch

Here is a chart for you chart people. I’m a must type everything out in detail person, so here’s that.

This pattern is knit from the bottom up on US 6 straight needles

CO 44 stitches (I use longtail cast on)

Knit 1 row

R1, 2, 3, 4, 5: K2, P2 (repeat until end)

R6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26: purl all stitches

 

R7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25: knit all stitches

 

REINDEER PATTERN STARTS:

 

R27, 29: K17, P1, K2, P1, K4, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K14

 

R28: P14, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P4, K1, P2, K1, P17

 

R30: P14, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P4, K1, P1, K2, P17

 

R31: K18, P1, K1, P1, K3, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K14

 

R32: P14, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, P1, K1, P18

 

R33: K18, P1, K1, P1, K1, P5, K2, P1, K14

 

R34: P15, K1, P1, K10, P17

 

R35: K16, P13, K15

 

R36: P14, K15, P2, K2, P11

 

R37: K11, P19, K14

 

R38: P13, K6, P3, K10, P12

 

R39: K13, P3, K5, P10, K13

 

R40: P13, K10, P5, K3, P13

 

R41: K12, P3, K6, P8, K2, P1, K12

 

R42: P17, K7. P1, K2, P1, K1, P2, K1, P12

 

R43: K11, P1, K3, P1, K1, P8, K19

 

R44: P21, K5, P1, K3, P14

 

R45: K15, P1, K2, P3, K23

 

R46: P24, K1, P19

 

R47: K18, P4, K22

 

R48: P21, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P17

 

R49: K16, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1, K21

 

R50: P21, K1, P1, K3, P18

 

R51: K19, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K20

 

REINDEER PATTERN DONE!

 

R52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72: purl all stitches

 

R53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71: knit all stitches

 

R73, 74, 75, 76, 77: K2, P2 (repeat until end)

Knit 1 row

Bind off

**Please note: There are less rows of stockinette between the reindeer and the 2×2 ribbing in the washcloth pictured than in the chart and written pattern. I added more to the pattern to make it longer and more square

Now be careful or you might find tiny knit reindeer all over your house! They just can’t seem to keep their hooves off each other.

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So you want to knit! Part 1

Have you ever walked into a craft/yarn store and was overwhelmed by all the yarns and needles facing you? You see women whipping around needles making garments at lightening speed and think, “I could never do that, I’d hurt myself!”?

Bottom line, do you want to learn how to knit?

Last year, I was in the exact same spot you were. I had all of this knitting paraphernalia that was once my grandmother’s going to waste because I didn’t know what side of the needle to connect with the yarn. Also, there were different sizes of needles, different types of yarn and how did the two things go together?  I was flummoxed. Yes, I said, flummoxed.

So, let’s get you started because dang it, I need more knitting friends!

In this post I’m only going to focus on resources so that you can look at videos and books to determine if you want to pursue the fabulous world of knitting. You know you wanna, you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t. (Or you’re here because you’re our fabulous friends and family, in love with my writing.)

Books:

Stitch N’ Bitch – A great book with attitude that shows you the basics of how to handle needles and create thing with skulls on it. HELLO, SKULLS!!

Knitting without Tears – Breaks down knitting to the basics, with a few starter patterns that will get you on your way to knitting up the robot hat Lisa created.

And, in my opinion, those are the top two knitting books when you’re learning how to manipulate yarn.

But, if you’re like me, you need to see the knitting needles fly, like I do, then here is your primary video source: Knitting Help.  The owner of this site rocks my socks because, without her site, I wouldn’t be able to knit socks.

And if you want to see the craziness that is knitting, head over to Ravelry where you can meet up with people like me and Lisa. There are over 500,000 people signed up for Ravelry where there are tons of free patterns, knowledgeable people that want to help you with your knitting woes and others who are there just to have fun. I know, FUN!!!

Now, your assignment, click on the links and check knitting out. Seriously, if Lisa and I can accomplish it with no blood lost but with knitting goods gained, you can too!

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Easy Robot Hat

Hi, I’m Lisa Potato and this is my first post here on our new blog! I figured we should get down to what you came here for – knitting. I made this hat for my friend Will‘s birthday. He is a fan of the robots and so am I.

I should let you know that I based the pattern loosely on these mittens.

This is a very subtle pattern. The hat will look plain until you look at it in good light, close up. If you want your hat to scream “ROBOT!”, use a different color yarn for the purl stitches.

I used Berroco Comfort in Liquorice 9734 throughout. You can use any worsted weight yarn you want. I used approximately 1/4 of the 210 yard skein.

You’ll also need: 16″ US 10 circular needles, a tapestry needle, and stitch markers

Gauge is 16 stitches & 20 rows in 4″ in st st

Let’s start!

Cast on 65 stitches. Place a marker at the beginning of the round and join in the round. Knit 10 rounds.

Now let’s start the robot pattern:

R1-2: K28, P4, K1, P4, K28

R3-8: K30, P2, K1, P2, K30

R9-10: K28, P9, K28

R11-12: K24, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K28

R13-16: K25, P2, K1, P9, K28

R17-18: K25, P15, K25 

R19: K28, P9, K1, P2, K25

R20: K31, P3, K4, P2, K25

R21: K29, P7, K2, P2, K25

R22: K28, P2, K2, P1, K2, P2, K1, P1, K1, P1, K24

R23: K28, P2, K1, P2, K1, P3, K1, P1, K1, P1, K24

R24: K29, P7, K29

R25-26: K32, P1, K32 

If you prefer a chart, here you go! Yellow=knits, red=purls

Robot should be done!

 Knit 5 more rounds.

Now you’re going to start your decreases. Knit one round, placing a marker every 13 stitches. On the next round, knit until 2 stitches before the marker and then k2tog. Slip the marker to your right needle and continue decreasing in this way. Use the magic loop method when the hat gets real small. Decrease until just one stitch remains on the needles.

Finishing: Using a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through the last stitch into the inside of the hat and weave in. Weave in tail as well.

Now you have a ROBOT HAT!

Feel free to use this for personal use. You may also link to this post if you like. Please do not repost, sell or otherwise abuse this pattern!

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We’re Knitting Together!

Knitting? Really? Isn’t that something that people use to do before the Internet was invented and people had to sit by a radio to get news? Uh no.

It’s an art form that is pretty darn cool (and gives you the mad ability to whip up accessories in a jiffy – oops is my 50s showing?) that lets you make your own sweaters to fit your body, hats to fit your mood and a defense mechanism to get out of lame family plans.  “Aunt Sally, I can’t go to your fun Tupperware party, I’ve got to knit.”

Now, you’re probably wondering who are the Two Chicks behind the needles? You have Lisa, the savvy Chef by day and knitting Diva by night.  She’s learning all the ins and outs of handing needles, tackling new challenges with a single bound and saving people’s heads by producing hats faster than a speeding bullet. And she has a small addiction to all things Spud, as in potato. Honestly, one day, you’ll come to this blog and you’ll see the first knitted Mr. Potatohead ala Lisa.

The other chick is Jen.  She’s a reformed mathalete, who’s (not so) secret knitting identity is hidden by her computer geekdom.  She has a passion for socks and yarn, being able to discern fingering weight and DK with a single glance and will whip up a shawl in no time flat. Impressed, so would she be if she could knit that fast. Jen’s still in the learning game as well but more in the land of novice where she has to beat the evil projects of sweaters and lace.

If you’re willing to join these Two Chicks Knitting on an adventure of a lifetime as they tame wild yarn into beautiful projects, follow along as together we conquer the world with our needles, one knitted garment at a time.

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